Harper's fate is being written these days. Creekside records as does this blog, and others. It's a bit strange looking across the Atlantic at events in Canada and the crude, juvenile nature of our politicians. Granted, all politicians are crude and juvenile, it's just that to me ours seem to be so...colonial. There's a naivety to their skulduggery that is missing in the more sophisticated crimes in countries where the politics are still ruled by private schools and classical educations.
Harper is too much of a thug. His remake of the institutions of Canadian government is botched and what emerges from operation will neither be what was, nor what he intended. As others point out frequently now, it's his own judge of character that's at fault. His hires, and his fires. All of them. I cannot think of another politician or gangster who has picked such low-grade talent and survived. Simple Darwinism eliminates them before they get anywhere serious.
There are emails to be sure, whether they are sitting in a back-up server or a thumb-drive under a mattress, we don't know. Whether they make the light of day, we don't know either. There's a question for me of a nano-Snowden simply dumping the lot of them on the internet. And there's the question of what you do if you're the RCMP staring a the big board full of photos of prominent Conservative staffers and your strings and pins are spirographing ever tighter around the photo of the pale-faced man? Canadians would expect the RCMP to do their job, but then we're a little sceptical these days when we see a phalanx of Mounties protecting fracking trucks in Elsipogtog or kneeling blankly on a dying man in YVR. And then there's that trusting deference to authority that blinds Canadians to so very, very much about ourselves and the world.
What actually, perversely, gives me the most hope is Harper himself. Just watch him. He simply cannot make wise decisions. I think he had a clear - if deluded - vision of turning Canada into some kind of fetid little neofascist-theo-Galt citadel, but he hired a Montreal construction firm to build it. Smarter politicians would have resigned by now and a competent GG would have made it known that this was going to happen.
No. Harper will hang on until the palace is ashes. The fanatics always do. But it never ends well.